5 trends in 5G for 2021 and beyond
5G is not just a speed boost. The jump from 3G to 4G LTE gave better speeds to mobile devices on the move. The leap from 4G to 5G is an entirely different beast. Yes, it will increase over-the-air data speeds, but more importantly, it will usher in a new era of reliability and low latency that is likely to change the way factories and offices work, and further deepen the digital transformations that have taken root over the past year. Here are five of the biggest trends we can expect to see moving as 5G takes hold in 2021 and beyond.
5G in enterprise edge networks
Edge computing and 5G go together like a horse and carriage, unleashing a torrent of minimal lag data and allowing virtualisation to move away from being a cost-saving convenience for enterprise customers to a fully fledged new way of working through the cloud. Expect 5G/edge to be among the biggest shifts in enterprise technology over the next couple of years.
5G in robotics, AI and IoT
The reliability and speed of 5G means robots and internet-linked machinery will become more robust and independent, gradually shifting away from heavy human supervision. As more and better data are relayed in near real time, expect AI to take leaps forward in its ability to recognise operational patterns.
5G in developing countries
While the developed world is looking at partially moving its data streams to 5G from existing infrastructure, other areas are looking at 5G as the first wave of reliable internet. Expect disruption as much of the world’s population gains access to steady data speeds for the first time.
5G for superusers
5G devices are launching thick and fast, many in the entry-level price band. At the premium end of the market, 5G will unlock more possibilities for developers to create new products and ways of working. Rumours abound that the movement will primarily accelerate augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), but expect 5G to give rise to new technology ideas with potentially transformative effects as well.
5G in data analysis
Digital transformation has had a busy year with Covid-19 accelerating the trend for data-led business across all sectors. Empowered with what for many is their first foray into data analysis, expect many firms to embrace the power of 5G to collect, analyse and share unprecedented amounts of data.
How can technology help cut business costs?
Businesses are always looking for ways to cut costs and help increase profitability. Choosing quick fixes that reduce expenses, such as redundancies, can often decrease quality, and also impede the company’s reputation.
Upgrading technology and how the company use it can improve the business, although it may require an upfront investment, it will help save money in the long run. We take a look at some of the different ways that technology can help improve business costs.
Time is precious when you have a business, every hour counts, and the budget accounts for each hour, whether that be operating costs or paying employees. Implementing efficient processes is a way to decrease delays, and make sure the business runs smoothly.
Technology can help to quicken everyday duties such as:
- Communicating with team members
- Accessing and locating files
- Scheduling meetings and tasks
- Monitoring progress and results
- Managing annual leave and absences
Going paperless is becoming more common, and there are many advantages of paperless environments in the digital age. It eliminates the need for physical storage solutions, so you don’t need to pay for using an off-site storage facility. If you usually keep files in the office, storing them digitally will create more space so that you can grow your team.
With a paperless system filing documents no longer means printing them out, then having to search for them manually later on. Digital storage can be done in seconds, and retrieval involves a quick computer search. The reduction in employee work hours spent on menial tasks is significant.
Moving to the cloud
The 2021 Flexera State of the Cloud Report shows that COVID-19 has had a significant impact on cloud adoption in 2020. The report found that multi-cloud continues to be the dominant strategy, adopted by nearly all surveyed enterprises, 92% of respondents reported having a multi-cloud strategy. 82% are taking a hybrid approach, combining the use of both public and private clouds.
With cloud computing, businesses can store and access data over the internet no matter where they are. It helps employees who are located in different areas to collaborate in a highly convenient and secure manner. Cost saving is one of the biggest Cloud Computing benefits. It helps you to save substantial capital cost as it does not need any physical hardware investments. Also, you do not need trained personnel to maintain the hardware. The buying and managing of equipment is done by the cloud service provider.
Running your business digitally gives you the option to operate remotely, full or part-time. With employees working from home, it enables businesses to downsize or remove the office altogether, to save on rent costs. With minimal staff onsite there will be other savings such as electricity and cleaning. Having remote employees could also reduce the cost of serving refreshments/catering, which some companies offer.
Ensuring your staff members can operate efficiently and safely from home is extremely important. Providing equipment such as laptops, monitors and mobile phones is essential, but to also make sure these devices are secure and have sufficient security measures.
The past year forced businesses to adapt quickly to remote working, and video calls become the norm. Zoom, a popular video call app, generated $2.6 billion revenue in 2020, a 317% increase year-on-year. Instead of paying for travel for client meetings, you can conduct them for free through a video conference tool. You can also access or host webinars through video conferences.